A reduction of 33 police officers in the Tweed-Byron Local Area Command has prompted Labor to ask Tweed MP Geoff Provest (Nationals) to explain why his government had overseen the reduction.
Labor say that NSW Police data indicates that since February 2012, the Tweed-Byron Local Area Command has suffered a reduction in police numbers by 33 police officers.
NSW Labor leader Luke Foley joined Federal MP for Richmond Justine Elliot and Shadow Minister for the North Coast Walt Secord and sent a joint press release on Monday claiming that in 2012, Tweed-Byron LAC police numbers were 198, but under the Berejiklian government, those number have dropped to 165.
They say the drop in police numbers has occurred despite the official opening of the new Tweed Police Station and promises by Nationals Tweed MP Geoff Provest to increase police numbers.
Mrs Elliot called on Nationals Mr Provest to ‘stand up to his Sydney–centric Liberal-National government, which is spending $2.5 billion on Sydney stadiums instead of police officers in the Tweed.’
Nationals Tweed MP Geoff Provest is chair of the committee on law and safety.
He told Echonetdaily that Labor were quoting old figures.
‘We announced Friday that Tweed will get five new probationary officers and that 400 new police are expected to join the force soon. I’m hopeful that some of those will be stationed in Tweed.’
Additionally Mr Provest says four new water police will soon be stationed in Tweed Shire, and they will command a 52 foot boat capable of a 100km range.
When asked about the lack of police stationed in Mullumbimby, Mr Provest said he wasn’t aware of that, but would take it up with the local area commander. ‘Policing has changed over the years,’ he said. ‘There is more mobile policing with highway patrols for example. Also, crime rate is at an all time low, and there is also a 87 per cent conviction rate, which indicates the police are doing their briefs well.’